Thursday in the Philadelphia Eagles first pre-season game, star quarterback Michael Vick was removed from the game after jamming his thumb on center Jason Kelce’s helmet. The Eagles pulled Vick as a precaution, and x-rays following the game were negative.
Apparently precaution didn’t fly with former NFL quarterback Tony Banks, who took to Twitter and made what appears to be a subtle jab Vick’s toughness:
@mikevick, I hit the same nerve in 01 & made that same face. Only came out 4 1 play tho
— Tony Banks (@tonybanks12) August 10, 2012
I could understand Banks’ jab if he was actually a productive quarterback in the NFL, and not the owner of a 35-43 career record as a starter and set the record for fumbles as a rookie in 1996. Banks was also traded by the Rams in 1998 after going 14-29 in 3 seasons. The Rams just so happened to win the Super Bowl the following season.
Similar situation occurred in Baltimore in 2000, when the Ravens were 5-3 under Banks before he got benched for Trent Dilfer (TRENT DILFER!!!). The Ravens went 7-1 and won the Super Bowl with Dilfer starting.
Sounds to me like Banks is reaching for attention, like so many other athletes these days. And maybe it worked.